Looking Forward to “dealing with” the dark

January 3rd, 2017 by Patricia Jehle Leave a reply »

How do you deal with darkness before Spring?

This morning at 7:30 it was still dark and I have to admit that I had the kind of confusion I usually don’t experience unless I am jet-lagged. I was really surprised it was still dark and “so late” in the morning. I wonder how one deals with this in Iceland. I really must ask my friend, Inga sometime.

Even if it is dark from the time you leave for work until after you leave for home in the afternoon, there is hope: December 21st is coming. With the 21st, everything changes again and we start having longer days. Normally I don’t have a real problem with dark, but today it hit me.

How about you? What do you do to get over those dark days?

One of the things I do is look forward, and there is a lot to look forward to at the moment for me:

  • Another trip “home” this summer
  • Snow!!!
  • A new semester, and new coaching clients
  • Upcoming training and refresher courses



I am always happy to go home again. I will be able to see family and “old” friends and eat food that one can only get there. As an expat going home is part of the benefits, something we look forward to and use as a “pick-me-up” on those dreary days. It has been rather dreary in Switzerland of late, mind you. Yet, as an expat, home is a mixed bag. I have two homes, now. I feel rather at ease in both, and sometimes in neither. That’s part of the life, too.


This winter we haven’t had any snow until last night- I always look forward to the first snow—and to the light it provides when it is dark outside. After all, the phrase from the poem goes:

The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow,

Gave the luster of mid-day to objects below;


A new semester and new coaching clients

Each semester brings rooms full of business students wanting to learn English and this is exciting. The new coaching clients come, too! But they are one or two at a time and very challenging and energizing in their need and wants.


Refresh-ment and Training

Training and refreshment of all kinds brings new energy and- well, joy in my life. I look forward to t he time away to refresh, recharge and learn.

So what are you looking forward to in these next weeks? What keeps you charged up?

For more information about me and Jehle Coaching, look here: www.jehle-coaching.com and you can contact me at patricia@jehle-coaching.com

This is a re-done blog from Dec. 2105, FYI


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